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Crayon Fields — No One Deserves You (September 25, 2015)
★Ξ★ Euphoric Melbourne pop quartet Crayon Fields return with a new album after six years No One Deserves You out on Chapter Music on vinyl, CD or digital on September 25.
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Album release: September 25, 2015
Record Label: Chapter Music
01 Slow Magic 2:51
02 She’s My Hero 2:39
03 Love Won’t Save You 4:14
04 No One Deserves You 4:15
05 If I Could 4:03
06 Night Moves 3:33
07 Give Him Nothing 3:12
08 So I Do 2:42
09 Somewhere Good 3:53
10 Good Times 4:39
℗ 2015 Chapter Music
Ξ★ Geoff O’Connor Vocals, lead guitar
Ξ★ Brett Hudson Bass guitar
Ξ★ Chris Hung second guitar, synthesizer and percussion,
Ξ★ Neil Erenstrom drums
Ξ★ Crayon Fields, Melbourne’s own euphoric pop icons, return with their third album No One Deserves You, their first since epochal 2009 classic All the Pleasures Of the World.
Ξ★ All the Pleasures was a worldwide phenomenon, one of the first Melbourne albums of the modern era to reach an international audience. The album led to Pitchfork raves, tours of the US and Europe, releases in Japan and the UK, shows with Spoon, Best Coast, First Aid Kit, Stereolab and appearances at Australian festivals like Laneway, Golden Plains and the Big Day Out.
Ξ★ Coming off ther third overseas tour in 2010, the band took a break that turned into more of a hiatus, although calling it quits was never on the cards. Band frontman Geoffrey O’Connor launched his celebrated solo career with 2011’s Vanity Is Forever and then 2014’s Fan Fiction, but all the while Crayon Fields continued quietly working on another album.
Ξ★ The result is a glorious pop record. No One Deserves You presents Crayon Fields in vibrant technicolour, full and free and self–assured. All the classic Crayon Field strademarks are there — the vocal harmonies, guitarist Chris Hung’s fearsome fretwork, Brett Hudson’s nimble basslines and Geoffrey’s sly, debonair songwriting. But it is also Crayon Fields as you’ve never heard them before — grown–up, knowing and with a slight swagger in their step.
Ξ★ They’ve always contrasted their structured, detailed pop arrangements with an impulsive, irrational approach to romance. But this aspect has only become more pronounced as their musicianship develops and singer O’Connor becomes all the more willing to exploit every reflection on love, positive or negative, for the sake of entertainment.
Ξ★ The album is as significant a development as All The Pleasures Of The World was to their fey, wispy 2006 debut Animal Bells. Together, the albums form a neat trilogy, presenting the band at three distinct stages of maturity, whilst nurturing a healthy suspicion of the concept of ‘maturity’ itself.
Ξ★ First single She’s My Hero is the band at their most exuberant, but Love Won’t Save You reveals how a six year gap has replaced innocence with something more worldly. In No One Deserves You and Give Him Nothing Geoffrey gives clear voice to his romantic obsessions, while album closers Somewhere Good and Good Times seem more resigned than optimistic.
Ξ★ Crayon Fields formed as a high school band in the early 2000s. Over the years at different points they’ve been scrappy kids, wide–eyed ingenues, magical pop sprites, and now take their final form as assured pop conquerors. Welcome back Crayon Fields, we’ve missed you!
★Ξ Australia’s Crayon Fields are back with a new album’s worth of sparkling pop, the first they’ve released in five years. The LP, titled No One Deserves You, is a little more modern than 2010’s All the Pleasures of the World, less beholden to overt ’60s influences, but their songcraft and ear for smart arrangements has gone nowhere.
★Ξ Less naive and more esoterically filled with chagrin, the ten songs here still brim with understated maturity and ebullient romanticism. Love Won’t Save You and Somewhere Good play with maudlin New Wave, while She’s My Hero is as lively as ever, a sunworn shuffle barely holding in the excitement. As their faintly disingenuous album title states, Crayon Fields are working hard at playing nice, and reaping the rewards.
★Ξ All the classic Crayon Field strademarks are there — the vocal harmonies, guitarist Chris Hung’s fearsome fretwork, Brett Hudson’s nimble basslines and Geoffrey’s sly, debonair songwriting. But it is also Crayon Fields as you’ve never heard them before — grown–up, knowing and with a slight swagger in their step.
★Ξ They’ve always contrasted their structured, detailed pop arrangements with an impulsive, irrational approach to romance. But this aspect has only become more pronounced as their musicianship develops and singer O’Connor becomes all the more willing to exploit every reflection on love, positive or negative, for the sake of entertainment.
Artist Biography by Kenyon Hopkin
★Ξ Raised on the classic, guitar–ringing psychedelia of the '60s (the Zombies, the Byrds) with a lo–fi indie rock approach not unlike that of the Elephant 6 collective, Melbourne, Australia group the Crayon Fields formed in 2002 before the members graduated high school. In the following few years, the band — vocalist/guitarist Geoff O'Connor, bassist Brett Hudson, guitarist Chris Hung and drummer Neil Erenstrom — supported the likes of the Unicorns, Dirty Three, Deerhoof and Architecture in Helsinki in concert. Although their gear was stolen (and later recovered) halfway through the recording process, the band managed to complete their debut album, Animal Bells, co–released by Chapter Music and Trifekta records in mid–2006.
★Ξ Animal Bells (16 October 2006) Chapter Music/Trifekta Records
★Ξ All the Pleasures of the World (19 Sept. 2009) Chapter Music (AUS), Rallye (Japan)
★Ξ No One Deserves You (25 September 2015) Chapter Music
★Ξ "Mirror Ball" (7"; 9 December 2008) Chapter Music
★Ξ "Voice of Paradise" (UK only 7"; 21 March 2009) Passport
★Ξ "All the Pleasures of the World" (7"; 22 August 2009) Chapter Music
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